Core strenght: Russian twist - Women's Running

Core strength: Russian twist

Author: Chris Macdonald

Read Time:   |  May 15, 2014

Core strength Russian twists

Running uses a lot of rotation (forwards and backwards movement of your hips and shoulders). The stronger your side muscles, the less chance of problems in your hips and pelvis. Using the Core strength: Russian twist move will help this enormously.


Lie with your head and shoulders supported on a stability ball, feet wide apart.

Extend both arms up to the ceiling and keep your hands together.

Draw your belly button towards your spine for balance.

Rotate your body to the right until you rest on your right shoulder.

Hold the position for two seconds.

Return to the centre position.

Repeat to your left side.

Be safe:

Ensure your feet are firmly on the floor.

Do the exercise with control so you don’t roll off the ball.

Chris Macdonald

Editor-at-Large, Women's Running

Meet the team

We use cookies to give you a better experience on By continuing to use our site, you are agreeing to the use of cookies as set in our Cookie Policy.

OK, got it